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We have a tremendous haul of prizes for his years Charity Ball.  Our silent auction items include:

Weekend in an F-Type Jaguar

Champagne reception at Christie’s Auction house

A wine tasting from Chabrol Wines Overtoom

House Make Over Consultation from A Lifestyle 4 All

An a wonderful picture create by our very own John Richardson

Our fabulous raffle prizes consist of:

Meals at

NH – Barbizon’s – Vermeer, Okura’s – Serre, Pulitzer’s Jansz, Wyndham Apollo’s – Harbour Club Kitchen, Cantinetta Wine & Pasta, Dragons Delight and Greenwoods

Entertainment from:

Amsterdam Eating Tours, Amsterdam Magic Show, Boom Chicago & Mike’s Badhuis Theatre

Other great prizes from:

Anglo Info, Benjamin Arthur Photography, Blacktower Financial Management, Best Kept Secrets, ML gifts & Vettica, American Book Center (ABC)

Even our Charity Voedselbank chips in with a few prizes.

There are so many prizes this year that you will have a 1/3 chance to win something.

If you did not get a ticket for this year look at all those great prizes you are missing out on!!

If you are going to the ball make sure you bring plenty of 10’s for the raffle as we will run it differently this year.  Why not make yourself feel better this Christmas and give generously to help out those who will be less forunate.

On the 10th December this year the most glamorous and glittering event of the Netherlands Christmas social calendar will be once again held in the St Olaf Chapel in The NH Barbizon Hotel opposite Central station.

This year’s theme will be Glitz and Glam. Chris Naylor, Head Chef at Restaurant Vermeer in the NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam, will be sprinkling his Michelin star magic over the three course menu he has developed for the charity ball.

At the welcome reception you will be able to get a glimpse of the terrific prizesfor the Charity raffle and Silent auction. The fabulous meal will be accompanied by wine and an evening of entertainment to dance the night away. A late night breakfast will also be served to those who are still going strong after midnight.

Last remaining tickets available here:

Click Here for Tickets

The entertainment for the night is also just announced:

This year we have The Bowkers to entertain us, a fantastic singing sensation over from the UK. Justine, Max and Lukas together with their father Jason love to perform many genres of music and they will transport you back to the golden era of swing with their classic vocals and harmonies, slick fashion and quick wit.

For those of you who love to let your hair down and dance the night away they will deliver Soul, Motown and pop classics all night long.

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The Menu has just been announced:

British Society Ball Christmas dinner menu

Amuse

Liquid tortilla with onion and mushroom

Menu

Tuna tartar with black miso dressing and lemon granola

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Duck breast with roasted cauliflower, lentils and a mild curry sauce

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Pecan tart with mascarpone ice cream and red fruit sauce

British Society Christmas dinner Vegetarian menu

Amuse

Liquid tortilla with onion and mushroom

Menu

BBQ beetroot with black miso dressing and lemon granola

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Salt crusted celeriac with roasted cauliflower, lentils and a mild curry sauce

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Pecan tart with mascarpone ice cream and red fruit sauce

Ball Charity

Our Charity this year is Voedselbank (Food Bank) which helps out 1,500 families in Amsterdam.  Some details are available here:

Click here for Charity Details

GENEROUS SPONSORS NEEDED!

We are hoping to find generous sponsors this year who can provide a prize for our raffle or silent auction which we can turn into cash for our chosen charity which this year is the Food Bank in Amsterdam. They provide basic nutrition for around 1,500 families in Amsterdam who cannot afford to feed their families.

It also provides you or your business with a great opportunity to advertise to the British and Expat community in and around Amsterdam. The offer of a generous prize means we will splash you all over our website and facebook feeds plus you will be featured in a special spread in our monthly Zine magazine.  This means you reach around 3,000 Britons and Expats.

We are asking for your help to make this excellent event a fantastic success.  All offers of help from any organisation through sponsorship and other ideas for the ball’s Charity Raffle or Silent Auction are very welcome…please email us …

chair@britsoc.nl or ball@britsoc.nl

Many thanks in advance, and we look forward to seeing you at the  Ball on the 10th December at the NH Barbizon Hotel.

On the 10th December this year the most glamorous and glittering event of the Netherlands Christmas social calendar will be once again held in the St Olaf Chapel in The NH Barbizon Hotel opposite Central station.

This year’s theme will be Glitz and Glam. Chris Naylor, Head Chef at Restaurant Vermeer in the NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam, will be sprinkling his Michelin star magic over the three course menu he has developed for the charity ball.

At the welcome reception you will be able to get a glimpse of the terrific prizesfor the Charity raffle and Silent auction. The fabulous meal will be accompanied by wine and an evening of entertainment to dance the night away. A late night breakfast will also be served to those who are still going strong after midnight.

Over 60% of tickets are already sold.  Don’t be dissapointment and book now.

Click Here for Tickets

The Menu has just been announced:

British Society Ball Christmas dinner menu

Amuse

Liquid tortilla with onion and mushroom

Menu

Tuna tartar with black miso dressing and lemon granola

***

Duck breast with roasted cauliflower, lentils and a mild curry sauce

***

Pecan tart with mascarpone ice cream and red fruit sauce

British Society Christmas dinner Vegetarian menu

Amuse

Liquid tortilla with onion and mushroom

Menu

BBQ beetroot with black miso dressing and lemon granola

***

Salt crusted celeriac with roasted cauliflower, lentils and a mild curry sauce

***

Pecan tart with mascarpone ice cream and red fruit sauce

Ball Charity

Our Charity this year is Voedselbank (Food Bank) which helps out 1,500 families in Amsterdam.  Some details are available here:

Click here for Charity Details

GENEROUS SPONSORS NEEDED!

We are hoping to find generous sponsors this year who can provide a prize for our raffle or silent auction which we can turn into cash for our chosen charity which this year is the Food Bank in Amsterdam. They provide basic nutrition for around 1,500 families in Amsterdam who cannot afford to feed their families.

It also provides you or your business with a great opportunity to advertise to the British and Expat community in and around Amsterdam. The offer of a generous prize means we will splash you all over our website and facebook feeds plus you will be featured in a special spread in our monthly Zine magazine.  This means you reach around 3,000 Britons and Expats.

We are asking for your help to make this excellent event a fantastic success.  All offers of help from any organisation through sponsorship and other ideas for the ball’s Charity Raffle or Silent Auction are very welcome…please email us …

chair@britsoc.nl or ball@britsoc.nl

Many thanks in advance, and we look forward to seeing you at the  Ball on the 10th December at the NH Barbizon Hotel.

Christmas Ball Charity – Voedselbank Amsterdam

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The Voedselbank Amsterdam is the chosen Charity for the Christmas Ball this year.  Below we give some information on their great work.  What other reasons do you need to buy a ticket for the Christmas Ball?

Buy your Charity Ball tickets here.

Voedselbank Amsterdam’s goal is to give direct food aid to people in poverty. We fight poverty, reduce food surplus and lessen the environmental burden. Stichting Voedselbank Amsterdam functions as the link between food surplus on the one hand and poverty on the other.

What does De Voedselbank do and for whom?

What?

  • Acquire and distribute food for people with little money
  • Reduce food surplus

For whom?

  • People who can spend a maximum of 180 EUROS pm.
  • Amsterdam: 1700 families, 4236 persons
  • State Noord Holland: 5000 families

Organisation

  • 8 regional distrubutioncenters
  • 162 foodbanks in The Netherlands
  • 14 distributionpoints in Amsterdam

How does de Voedselbank acquire food?

Companies

  • Manufacturers: supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers,

We work with the special index of NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority)

  • Voedselbrigade Amsterdam
  • Co-operation Instock, Soupalicious and Manna Foundation

School and company actions

  • Young people and employees collect staple ingredients such as pasta, rice and dried pulses

Individuals

  • Supermarket actions
  • Bring food to distrubtion points

What can you do to help?

Become a volunteer!

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See for vacancies our website www.voedselbank.org

If you want to help “one-time” see our website www.voedselbank.org (activiteiten kalender) or http://www.nederlandcares.nl/nl/amsterdam

The costs of one food package for a family is 3, 50 euro. We need the money for buses, gasoline, insurance, rent, our cold store etc.

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With your help we hope to raise some money to help these families have a great Christmas this year.

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our sizzling September edition of the Zine.  Now the heat is slowly subsiding we can look forward to our exetensive programme of Autumn and Winter events.

We recently held our AGM on 1st September which is a bit earlier than normal.  There are few changes to the society to which were agreed at the meeting.  I would like to thank our outgoing Treasurer, William Tweddle thanks for his many years of service and would like to welcome on board Rupert Apthorp as our new treasurer.

There are a a number of other things we have agreed in the meeting such as our commitment to free membership for the coming year.  We have also created some new committee positions.

Since the relationship with English speaking schools is very important to us, we have created school liasion positions on our committee so they can have their say in what would interest their families and staff for social events and get togethers. It is a pleasure to welcome Paul Morgan the new Principal of the British School of Amsterdam on our committee and we hope to feature an interview him soon.  We are still looking for liasions for the other English Langauge schools in Amsterdam and surroundings.  If you are representative of the school be it teacher or parent and would like to join our board and give the British Society some direction then we would be happy to welcome you.  We meet around 4 times per year to discuss the Society.

We have also created the position of Events Coordinator.  This is a new position and at the moment remains unfilled.  If you are a dynamic person with some free time on your hands and would like to organise social events with the financial backing of our organisation then this is the job for you.  Please feel free to contact me at chair@britsoc.nl.

Our Autumn/Winter season is the busiest we have.  Please keep your eyes peeled for the following:

Expactica Fair – 2nd October, Beurs van Berlage

We need a bit of help on the stand so if you dont mind standing around for a couple of hours I can promise a couple of free drinks are in it for you.  Please contact me a chair@britsoc.nl

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Booming Business 3 – 12th October, Boom Chicago (TBC)

Bonfire Night 2016 – 6th November

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Glitz & Glamour Charity Ball – 10th December

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The las 2 events are our to premier events and sell out extremely quickly please do not be dissapointed.  Tickets go on sale very shortly.

For our smaller events please see our Meetup site:

We have our sports clubs, comedy nights, curry nights and many other events which we get exclusive discounts and special offers for our members.

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On the 10th December this year the most glamorous and glittering event of the Netherlands Christmas social calendar will be once again held in the St Olaf Chapel in The NH Barbizon Hotel opposite Central station.

This year’s theme will be Glitz and Glam and tickets will go on sale shortly. Chris Naylor, Head Chef at Restaurant Vermeer in the NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam, will be sprinkling his Michelin star magic over the three course menu he has developed for the charity ball.

At the welcome reception you will be able to get a glimpse of the terrific prizes\for the Charity raffle and Silent auction. The fabulous meal will be accompanied by wine and an evening of entertainment to dance the night away. A late night breakfast will also be served to those who are still going strong after midnight.

We will be open for ticket sales later in September but you may have to be quick as last year we were sold out in 3 weeks!

GENEROUS SPONSORS NEEDED!

We are hoping to find generous sponsors this year who can provide a prize for our raffle or silent auction which we can turn into cash for our chosen charity which this year is the Food Bank in Amsterdam. They provide basic nutrition for around 1,500 families in Amsterdam who cannot afford to feed their families.

It also provides you or your business with a great opportunity to advertise to the British and Expat community in and around Amsterdam. The offer of a generous prize means we will splash you all over our website and facebook feeds plus you will be featured in a special spread in our monthly Zine magazine.  This means you reach around 3,000 Britons and Expats.

We are asking for your help to make this excellent event a fantastic success.  All offers of help from any organisation through sponsorship and other ideas for the ball’s Charity Raffle or Silent Auction are very welcome…please email us …

chair@britsoc.nl or ball@britsoc.nl

Many thanks in advance, and we look forward to seeing you at the Glitz and Glam Charity Ball on the 10th December at the NH Barbizon Hotel.

The Great Glittering, Glamorous British Ball 2016

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By Dee Bodle

The GREAT BRITISH BALL is the most glamorous and glittering event of The Netherlands Christmas social calendar. The venue for this year is once again the Olaf Chapel in The Barbizon Hotel opposite Central station on Sat 10th Dec. There will be a welcome reception where you can get a glimpse of the terrific prizes for the charity raffle and the Silent Auction.

The fabulous meal will be prepared by Chris Naylor, the Barbizon’s Michelin* chef, including wine and an evening (and early morning!) of dancing, and a late night breakfast for those still going strong after midnight.

The event will be open for ticket sales in September and it was a sell out last year so keep an eye on your Zine magazine and Facebook for further information.

Iconic food for an iconic ball

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By Kate Murphy

“Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again”

Everything Old is New Again, by Peter Allen and Carole Bayer-Sager

Michelin stardust over the three course menu

ChrisNaylorBanner5On a recent rainy day, I met the man who has been charged with making culinary dreams come true again at next month’s Iconic Britain Ball. Chris Naylor, Head Chef at Restaurant Vermeer in the NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam, has strewn a little of his Michelin stardust over the three course menu he has developed for the British Society’s charity ball on December 12.

Making 1960s food new again

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The 1960s: cool food; cool women

At first glance, the 1960s doesn’t exactly stand out as the most exciting basis for a memorable meal in 2015. To my mind, the most interesting aspect of the food from the decade of my birth was the Bunnykins plate that I ate it off. How, I wondered, did Chris find inspiration for making 1960s food new again?

“The biggest issue I have is overcoming people’s perceptions,” he explained, pausing to check that I had understood his subtle reference to my own closed-mindedness. “I have identified some really interesting dishes from the time, but I won’t just reproduce them. I’ve tried to make them more modern by adding some surprising ingredients and building up the flavours. We also use different techniques these days for preparing food, and that changes each dish too.”

“The 60s was a time of massive social change and experimentation, including with food. The middle class really developed very quickly during the decade, and people were open to new ideas. They were freer to travel and so were exposed to different ingredients. It was a pretty exciting time I think. The first supermarkets opened in the 1960s too, which gave people even more food choice.”

 

1625_chris_naylorNostalgia with creativity

Chris Naylor’s menu for the Iconic Britain Ball combines nostalgia with creativity in a way that will surprise you and make you smile. In a different decade we might have even called it a psychedelic experience.

The world on a plate

steamThe prosperity that Britain enjoyed in the decades after the Second World War encouraged us to experiment widely, and not only with hallucinogenic substances and free love. We started going out to restaurants where we learned how to pronounce and eat unfamiliar meals like chop suey and chicken tikka masala. We went on package holidays to Europe and brought wild and crazy kitchen ideas back to Britain – spaghetti bolognaise, cheese fondues, beef bourguignon, black forest gateaux. We began inviting friends into our homes for dinner parties. The more sophisticated among us provided bottled wine for our guests – chianti and Liebfraumilch were a testament to our elegance and worldliness. It was a time of optimism, freedom, fun and discovery.

The immigrants that set up corner stores and restaurants in Britain during this time increased our access to a new and exciting culinary world. One of the most notable and enduring of those restaurants is Le Gavroche in London, opened by Albert and Michel Roux in 1967 after they emigrated from France. It’s fair to say that the Roux brothers, having introduced haute cuisine to our nation, and having kept it there for five decades, are themselves British icons.

Full circle

Somewhat ironically, Chris Naylor did an internship with Albert Roux at Le Gavroche. So, the man who has been influencing Britain’s eating habits since 1967 trained the man who is overseeing our 1960s meal at the Iconic Britain Ball in 2015.

And just like that, everything old is new again.

Chris Naylor, making 1960s food new again.

Chris Naylor, making 1960s food new again.

Are you coming to the Iconic Britain Ball on Dec 12?
If you are joining us for Chris Naylor’s delicious reinterpretation of some iconic British fare, please make sure you have submitted your menu choice

British Society Christmas Ball Theme

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Theme: Iconic Britain?
Date: 12th December
Location: St. Olaf’s Chapel (Barbizon Palace Hotel, Amsterdam)

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The theme of this year’s British Society Christmas Ball (Sold Out) is “Iconic Britain”. When I Googled this and looked at the images, I was unsurprised to find pictures of Union Jacks, Red telephone boxes, Black Cabs and Red double decker buses.

By Alison Smith

It got me thinking about what makes something truly iconic? According to Webster an icon is something which is:
a :  widely recognized and well-established <an iconic brand name>
b :  widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence <an iconic writer><a region’s iconic wines>

This gives leave to thinking that an icon can be an object or a person. To adhere to the definition “widely recognized” though we have to assume that a true icon is globally recognisable, not just in the country of origin, and what about being well established?

Iconic-Britain-shutterstock_110201744_webHas longevity got anything to do with becoming an icon? How else can an icon-in-waiting become well established?

As far as the British Icons found in Google images are concerned, red double deckers and black cabs etc. tick all the boxes. Instantly recognisable, tick! Been around for years, tick!

But what about people?
The Queen and  Sir Winston Churchill could be described as iconic, each for their own reasons, as they are instantly recognisable in image, word and deed, and they are established symbols of Britishness beyond the UK.

But what about Princess Diana? Or Twiggy?

I think they are also considered to be British icons but their longevity is not to do with length of life or time in the spotlight. In this case I think  it’s also to do with a lasting association. Princess Diana died young but made a deep impression on the country’s psyche and is instantly recognisable around the world. Twiggy represented an era of the swinging sixties, when Great Britain was at the centre of a fashion and music revolution, and her mini skirted, gamine image became a symbol of her age, an icon.
It’s funny, but a lot of what we might consider to be iconically British comes from the 1960’s.

Think of the music, The Beatles, The Stones, The Who  and The Kinks. The fashion, Mary Quant and mini skirts, hippy chic, Kings Road and Biba, not forgetting the cars, the E-Type Jaguar and of course the Mini.
I’m sure each decade has its own icons, Punk Rock in the 70’s, Margaret Thatcher and the power dressing 80’s, but I think the 60’s icons seem to be the first to spring to mind when British icons are mentioned.
The Christmas Ball this year has been called the Iconic Britain Ball and the first thing that came to my mind was all things Austin Powers, the swinging sixties and all that great music. It’s a black tie affair, so I don’t expect to see many mini skirts, but I’m curious to find out what’s in store.

Sent from my Mary Quant iPad

 

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